By Steven Hall, Author of How to Hypnotize Anyone
This cheat sheet was originally put together by professional hypnotherapist, and former stage hypnotist, Steven Hall MCOH MASC NLP. Its purpose is to reveal the secrets of hypnosis, making it accessible to everyone. These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy but they are taught here for information only. After reading this article you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotize people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing intensive study. Click here for more details.
Lesson One: Hypnosis is natural
The first thing you need to know is that hypnosis is a very natural state. It requires no special power to hypnotize someone. If you can talk you can hypnotize.
In fact, it is such a natural state that people go into hypnosis regularly without even realizing it. The most common natural states occur while gazing into a fire or when driving (it’s that moment when you suddenly realize that you are unsure as to which route you have just driven home!) If you were to listen to some positive suggestions while in these naturally occurring trance states they would have an effect on you… so be aware of commercial radio on long journeys!
When you intentionally hypnotize someone what you are doing is operating the switch that puts them into this natural state at a time of your (and their) choosing, so that you can use it productively.
Lesson Two: Relaxation causes trance
There are many things that have been found to cause trance, these include confusion, shock, repetition, focused attention and relaxation. For the purposes of your studies we are going to be concentrating on relaxation, as it is the easiest to produce without offending your client.
We will also be using focused attention as this will help to stop your clients mind from wandering during the induction process.
The initial induction process is all about getting the client to relax, and, as many people have completely forgotten how to do this, you do need to help them out a little; most people are a lot tenser than they realize.